Daily Echo Reports Cub Scout Pack celebrate 100 years with time capsule

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014



IT is one of the oldest Cub Packs in Hampshire and 100 years on it is still flying high under its original flag.

There was a Wolf Cub Pack at HighfieldSouthampton, two years before the founder Lord Baden-Powell introduced them across the worldwide Scouting movement.

Now the 14th Highfield Scout Group’s Cub Pack is celebrating its centenary by asking past and current Cubs for memories and memorabilia which will go into a time capsule.

It will be a fascinating archive of local Scouting history.

The Pack will also be saluting their proud past by creating a giant jigsaw portrait of Lord Baden-Powell.

It was in 1913 the Scouting movement’s founder Robert Baden-Powell published a first draft of a scheme for Junior Scouts.

And the following year there was a more detailed outline for Wolf Cubs or Young Scouts. Cub Scouting was officially launched in 1916.

But records have revealed that the 14th Highfield Wolf Cub Pack began as an experimental section two years earlier on January 30, 1914.

Today the 14th Cub Pack still has its original flag and this rare picture shows the Highfield Wolf Cubs in 1918.

Now the pack’s major milestone is being marked with a series of celebrations.

Throughout 2014, the current Highfield Cub Scouts will be taking part in activities focused around the history of Cub Scouting.

On Sunday, July 6, from 12pm to 4pm, the Cubs will be holding their own centenary fete, inviting local dignitaries, local residents along with any past, present and future members of the 14th Cub Scout Pack.

The 14th will be compiling a book of memories from past and present Cubs and along with other items these will be put in a time capsule and buried on July 6.

They are asking the wider community to share any memories or experiences linked to the group.

Anyone interested in being involved in the celebrations should contact Assistant Cub Scout Leader Rama (Iain Tinkler) at iaintinkler@yahoo.co.uk.

For more information, please visit http://www.highfieldscouts.org.uk.